29/03/2014: Minister Deenihan opens George Moore Society’s Famine Exhibition
Saturday, 29 March, 2014: Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, will this evening at 7.30 p.m. open the George Moore Society’s Famine Exhibition in Claremorris Gallery, Mount Street, Claremorris, Co Mayo.
The George Moore Society was founded in 1989. One of the Society’s reasons for assembling the “Famine Collection” was to mark the fact that in 1846, at the height of the Famine, George Henry Moore donated prize money from the Chester Gold Cup to help alleviate the suffering of the tenants on his Co. Mayo estate. In 1995 the George Moore Society decided to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Great Famine. Thirty-five of the country’s leading artists submitted works for inclusion in the “Famine Exhibition” which drew national and international acclaim when it was put on display in Claremorris, Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Belfast and Boston.
Speaking in advance of the launch, Minister Deenihan said: “We have come such a long way since that desolate time, but it is important that we do not forget our past and the experiences that have shaped us as a people. Today, we extend the same genuine compassion and generosity to those who are suffering from hunger, disease and poverty in the modern world. This spirit of empathy has transcended the generations to become embedded in the Irish psyche – it defines us as a people. This is the only way that we can truly honour the victims of the past. I commend the George Moore Society for their commitment, energy and creativity in developing this very moving and insightful exhibition. I think that you will agree that the diverse range of artworks exhibited vividly capture, in ways that words often cannot, the depth of the suffering and despair experienced by the Irish people during that most desolate time in our history”